I like Wilson a lot, and I think he could be a good fit in our offense. He takes snaps under center and in shotgun, so there shouldn't be a question about his ability there. They do lots of I-formation with 3 step drops for short passes and RB/WR screens. Arkansas runs a lot of playaction, and he seems pretty good at it which will fit right in with the Texans. He can throw on the run, has good accuracy, and he has great arm strength, some of the throws I have seen him make about 55-60 yards in the air alone. That's the kind of arm that can get AJ 10+ TDs a season. It's early though, and 2012 looks to be a terrible year for Arkansas, so maybe the Texans can get him with their 1st and not have to move at all. Hopefully that no talent overhyped QB at OU shoots up the boards for some unsuspecting team to take him.
Tyler Wilson background from Walterfootball
Career Recap: The Razorback signal-caller first played during his freshman season in 2008. Wilson played in a couple of games before redshirting with a medical hardship. He saw limited action as a backup in 2009. The first real look at Wilson came during the 2010 season when Ryan Mallett was injured.
When he filled in for Mallett, Wilson had mixed results. He completed 34-of-51 passes for 453 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. The majority of that came in a big game against the eventual national champion Auburn Tigers. Wilson threw for 332 yards (25-of-34) with four scores and two interceptions in that contest.
Wilson became the starter last year and played extremely well for Arkansas. He was the best signal-caller in the SEC and was chosen as the First-Team All-SEC quarterback. Wilson completed 63 percent of his passes in 2011 for 3,638 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for four touchdowns.
Wilson was an astute player who made good decisions last season. He distributed the ball well to his weapons and led Arkansas to an 11-2 record.
The team's only losses came against the National Championship participants of Alabama and LSU. Wilson did not play particularly well in those outings against defenses comprised of good NFL prospects. In those two games, the Razorbacks quarterback completed 36-of-57 passes for 389 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Wilson finished the season well with a good bowl game against a quality Kansas State victory.
2012 Season Outlook: This looks like a very challenging season for Wilson. Arkansas is in turmoil after firing head coach Bobby Petrino this spring. Petrino ran the Razorbacks' offense and gave Wilson good preparation for the next level.
On top of losing the coach that ran the offense, Wilson lost a trio of talented college receivers. Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs all moved on to the NFL. While the Razorbacks suffered those loses, they will get running back Knile Davis back from injury. He should help open things up for Wilson.
Wilson does have a quality wide out to work with in Cobi Hamilton. The SEC will be as tough as usual, so Wilson will see a steady stream of good defenses on Saturdays.
Despite the obstacles, Wilson is intelligent and physically gifted, so he should still excel as a senior.
Skill-Set Summary: Wilson has the look of an NFL quarterback. He stands tall in the pocket and reads defenses well. The decision-making he displayed as a junior was very impressive.
Wilson has a strong arm and is an accurate passer. He showed the ability last season to push the ball outside the numbers and move the ball down the field with precision passes. With his size, arm and intellect, the Arkansas signal-caller will most likely be viewed as a possible safe pick to scouts.
While Wilson is a pocket passer, he is not a complete statue. He can move around to buy himself time and take advantage of openings with his legs. It is clear that Wilson is not a running quarterback who will rack up big rushing totals. However, he has enough athleticism to keep a defense honest and avoid some sacks with his legs.
For the NFL, Wilson could help himself by throwing the deep ball well in 2012 and showing the intangibles to elevate his game in crunch time. His stock would also receive a nice boost if he plays well against the elite defenses on his schedule.
2013 Draft Expectations: At this time, Wilson looks like a future first-round pick. That is a good start for next April, but it means nothing right now. Many quarterbacks have had drastic falls after disappointing final seasons in college. A few years ago Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead looked like a future first-rounder after the 2009 season, but went undrafted in 2010 because of a bad year.
If Wilson plays well in 2012, he'll be a first-rounder. If Wilson has a subpar season, he could fall into the mid-rounds.
Tyler Wilson vs Auburn 2010
Tyler Wilson vs Auburn 2011
Tyler Wilson vs LSU 2011
2012 Cotton Bowl (Arkansas vs. Kansas State)